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Philippines in 2014: Emerging Economies with Contentious Leadership

Across a number of emerging markets, the coming year will mark a consequential political transition. This could ultimately prove much more important that the U.S. Federal Reserve’s scheduled tapering in early 2014, which is expected to precipitated further capital outflow from emerging markets towards center-economies. After all, a relatively steady political leadership, founded upon pro-market macroeconomic policies and a moderate ...

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Winter Storm Hercules: Homeless People In NYC, Northeast Face Grueling Weather

Hercules, the first gripping winter storm of 2014, barreled across 22 states Thursday night, affecting approximately one-third of the nation and killing at least nine. New England was among the strongest hit regions, with some cities in the area receiving over a foot of snowfall, prompting both New York and New Jersey to issue states of emergency. Those in the ...

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Health care for transforms at snail’s pace

A woman’s appendix ruptured while she waited for emergency surgery at the Mitchells Plain hospital in Cape Town last year. A 69-year-old former matron of Jubilee district hospital in Pretoria died barely five hours after the same hospital sent her home with a “swollen” heart, classified as a critical patient. A man died when he was turned away by the ...

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Children beheaded as violence grows in Central African Republic, U.N. says

January 3, 2014 — Updated 0640 GMT (1440 HKT) People wait for evacuation flights in a hangar at the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Sunday, December 29. The African nation has been dealing with violence between Muslim and Christian militias since a March coup. Displaced young people use a tree branch to climb a wall in Bangui on ...

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Cambodia: Deadly Crackdown On Workers

Three people have been killed in Cambodia as police opened fire to try to quell a protest by garment factory workers. Workers armed with sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails clashed with armed police in the capital Phnom Penh, according to witnesses. Phnom Penh deputy police commissioner Chuon Narin…

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2 newspapers call for clemency for Edward Snowden

LONDON — The New York Times and Guardian newspapers have called for clemency for Edward Snowden, saying that the espionage worker-turned-privacy advocate should be praised rather than punished for his disclosures. The papers — both of which have played a role in publishing Snowden’s intelligence trove — suggested late Wednesday that the former National Security Agency contractor’s revelations about the ...

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Schumacher: Ferrari Mark German’s Birthday

3 January 2014, 3:54 Schumacher: Ferrari Mark German’s Birthday Tweet Michael Schumacher’s family have thanked the public for their support as he remains in a coma following a skiing accident. The Formula One driver will turn 45 today in his hospital bed in Grenoble after suffering critical head injuries in the French Alps on Sunday. The Ferrari team which he ...

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First snowstorm of 2014 descends on northeast US

HARTFORD (USA): The northeastern US, including New York City, prepared on Thursday for heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures that threatened to slow the…

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NSA eyes encryption-breaking ‘quantum’ machine: report

WASHINGTON: The US National Security Agency is making strides toward building a “quantum computer” that could break nearly any kind of encryption, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The Post said leaked documents from fugitive ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden indicate the computer would allow the secret intelligence agency to break encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around…

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Bill Bratton, Stop-And-Frisk Architect, Takes Over Nation’s Biggest Police Force

NEW YORK — William Bratton was sworn in as New York City’s police commissioner on Thursday afternoon, marking the start of his second term at the helm of the city’s police department and his first under progressive new mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio surged to prominence in polls this summer as he promised to end what he described as ...

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